I-71 Buying Guide

gentleman toker dc i 71 buying guide

Who has the best weed in DC? Who has the strongest weed in DC? Who has the cheapest weed in DC that ain’t some seed-filled shwag? These are three of the most frequently asked questions we get here at Gentleman Toker, so we thought, why not oblige? Every week, we hit up the District weed brands that our team has vetted for reliability and professionalism to check out their latest flower gifts. We consider the bag appeal of each sample, its scent, flavor, trichomes, resin production, structure of the whole bud, consistency of its grind, the exclusivity of the strain, and whether it is an exemplary representation of its genetics. Then we smoke it! The best of the best are presented here each week, a list curated by connoisseurs for...well, for you, whether you’re new to cannabis, returning, an everyday smoker, designer bag-chaser or exotic strain hunter. Good weed for everyone, huzzah!    

Please note! DC gift menus change frequently. All the strains listed below have been confirmed available on the publish date, but you know what they say- good gas travels fast, so get yours ASAP! FYI, this list is just for cannabis flowers. If you’re more inclined to eat your weed then smoke it, then check out this guide to our favorite marijuana edibles brands and products in Washington DC, all vetted for efficacy by our team (usually me. Hi /waves awkwardly) 

Best Sativa

Guava from Elevated Lounge

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HIGHlights:

Potent

Sweet

Energizing

We’ve gotten to try just about the whole line of Gelatos over the years by simply keeping an eye on the products flowing in from California. Normally, they have a pretty heavy body high that’s best for evenings and nights, and it’s uncommon to find an expression that’s suitable for more daytime vibes. Guava from Elevated is a great example of Gelato #25 Guava, which, like the Gello we covered last week, is more uplifting than couch-locking while still providing the crushing levels of potency we all love and expect.

This sample of Guava from Elevated Lounge is deep green all the way around with a tight trim and lots of intact trichomes throughout. The scent and flavor are sweet, but more tropical than the tartness typical of most Gelatos. It’s also quite smooth on the inhale. Guava is more of an eyes-open than eyes-hanging effect but it has a predictably long duration. If you’re one of DC’s many sativa-loving stoners, then this Guava will have you salivating. $65/4 gram gift

Best Hybrid

BAM from Gifted Curators

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HIGHlights:

Fresh

Resinous

Flavor Chasers

Gifted Curators has let us sample a bunch of unique flavors from hot brands like Doja and Big Al’s and this week our flavor journey continues with Sherbinskis’ BAM (Banana Açaí Mints). This flower practically pole-vaults out of the bag, immediately recognizable as a truly unique cultivar with its pungent, resinous, neon green nugs. The scent and flavor remind us of a banana piece of Runts wrapped in a strip of Extra gum with a mouth-coating mustiness on the back end, which makes it a must-have for the District’s flavor chasers.

Banana Açaí Mints likely inherited its complex scent and flavor from its parents (Banana Punch x Açaí Mints). BAM is a poly-hybrid from two cultivars known to be heavy-hitting, sleep-inducing smokes. We were pleasantly surprised to find that this particular concoction’s effect is clear-headed, pure relaxation without much drag, making it perfect for an afternoon or early evening smoke session. We recommend BAM to any enthusiast looking for truly unique flavor and effects that make it a joy to smoke over and over again. $85/eighth

Best Indica

Hood Candyz from Heady Club DC

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HIGHlights:

Potent

Tart/Gas Flavor

Sleep Aid

We met with Heady Club DC to try some of their top shelf flavors this week and their Hood Candyz was an easy favorite. We are aware that Runtz crosses have gotten a lot of discussion on this guide, but Hood Candyz answers the question “what if you took Runtz and cranked the potency up to eleven?” While much of the appearance and flavor is textbook Bacio, the effect shatters the ceiling of our expectation with next level of potency that is simply unattainable for most other genetics.

On the other side of Hood Candyz lineage, Sol Fire used a cultivar called Why U Gelly, which brings GMO and Black Banana into the pool. These genetics also bring the sleepy effects that accentuates the potency. The nugs are completely purple, tightly trimmed, pungent from the funky gas notes and packaged by Heady Club in a way that preserves their freshness. Overall, Hood Candyz was one of the most potent samples we’ve gotten at this price point, and is an easy recommendation for enthusiasts looking for flavorful smoke that will help them drift off to sleep. $60/eighth

Best Homegrown

B3 by Goyaad from Dorsia DC

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HIGHlights:

Immaculate Eye Appeal

Tennis-Ball Funk Scent

Local Grower

Last year, we covered Goyaad in Our Favorite DC Growers round up where we mentioned that their B3 could’ve been the best strain of the year. Unfortunately for it, it got edged out by Goyaad’s Delta Diamonds, which was listed at #1 on our Top 10 Strains list of 2021 (in which we only chose one example per vendor). If we were able to choose more options from each cultivator, it’s likely that B3 would’ve landed near the top of the list because of its unique flavor notes, forcefully relaxing effects and its elite smoking experience that. This week, B3 is back ith a vengeance. The eye appeal is turned up and the max, the scent is louder than ever and we think this is another example purveyed by Dorsia of nearly perfect smoke. B3 is a cross of (Triangle Kush x Runtz S1) otherwise known as Patriot Kush bred by Always Be Flowering Genetics. We appreciate it in part because of its unique funky and gassy scent and flavor evocative of opening a fresh tube of tennis balls, and it’s completely unique to this cultivar.

Despite the Runtz in the lineage, it’s a far cry from the tart candy we usually get, and on top of that, the smoothness from the smoke is truly top tier and the potency is otherworldly. Goyaad grows all their flowers in organic living soil, which we feel is a huge factor that differentiates the all-around quality compared to most other samples we get to try. Overall, we think B3 from Goyaad and Dorsia is among the very best smokes in the whole world and holds up over time. The short distance from cultivator to customer really shows with unique expressions such as this, and it’s no wonder these cultivars are putting Dorsia and Goyaad on the map for the East Coast. They’re bringing prime expressions of flower with legendary genetics, and they’ve never released something that’s worse than a previous batch, which is a monumental feat that any grower should be proud of. $85/eighth

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Best Designer Strain

Big Al’s Crushers (Gushers 2.0) from Legacy DC

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HIGHlights:

Potency

Authentic

Eye Appeal

Big Al’s has been crushing the game (pun intended) for the last few years, and we’ve been able to try some of their other flavors such as Blue Crushers (Gushers 4.0) and Northern Fiore, which we thought were great examples of California branded flower. Crushers also showed just how high Big Al’s standards are with its gorgeous, shapely purple buds that reek up a whole room. A staff favorite here at Gentleman Toker, we get excited every time we get to evaluate a hype Gushers selection, and this Big Al’s bag from Legacy does not disappoint.

The genetics for Crushers are unclear, but some have speculated that it’s an offshoot of Top Tier and Backpack Boyz’ White Gushers, as both have more of a sugary sweet flavor with a sort of cinnamon tinge on the back end as opposed to the tart candy flavor from some other Gushers and Biscotti selections. Crushers was also perfectly fresh and incredibly potent; a perfect “dessert” smoke for between dinner and bedtime. Overall, we have an easy time recommending this “exotic” selection from Legacy as it meets every standard we set for exotic branded flower and helps us peacefully drift off to sleep. $95/eighth

Best Hybrid

Cherimoya from Elevated Lounge

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HIGHlights:

Smooth

Fruit Punch

Relaxing

We’ve spoken before about how we enjoy even hybrids that provide a relaxing sensation with a more bright-eyed and bushy-tailed vibe (as opposed to heavy, drooping eyelids). These types of crosses are perfect afternoon selections for a midday pick-me-up or post-work reward, and we think Cherimoya exemplifies that effect profile. The sample provided us with a jolt of refreshment in the middle of the day when we tested it, and the smoothness of the smoke impressed us quite a bit. Elevated regularly comes in hot with excellent flowers exhibiting unique qualities, and Cherimoya is no exception.

Cherimoya is a cross between (Gelato 41 x Mai Tai), which mixes the narcotic candy gas Gelato qualities with more tropical traits more commonly found in classics like Maui Waui and Hawaiian Sativa. Put together, these traits give Cherimoya a scent and flavor reminiscent of Hawiian Punch or concentrated Kool-Aid, a perfect refreshment for these hot, swampy DC afternoons. Normally, we prefer OGs and other Kush crosses as our afternoon smoke, but the Cherimoya has given us good reason to stray from that path and add a bit more spice to our palate. We highly recommend Elevated’s Cherimoya for its unique flavor profile and refreshing effects that are perfect for keeping your day on track. $65/4 gram gift

Best Sativa

Sherbinskis Gello Gelato from Gifted Curators

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HIGHlights:

Focus

Funk

Resinous

Part of the reason that Gelato has become so popular has to do with just how many expressions of it there are. We can think of seven different cuts, not to mention all of the S1 cuts, in-crosses and backcrosses of it that are kicking around cultivation communities. Gello is one of those in-crosses, being a cross of (Bacio Gelato 41 x Mochi Gelato 47) which has resulted in some unusual expressions for what we normally see from Gelato. 
While most Gelato cuts and crosses offer a predictable sleepy couch-lock effect, Gello is much more energizing and refreshing which makes it suitable for mornings and afternoons. The nugs on the sample we got from Gifted Curators are the same dense multi-peaked shape you would expect from Bacio or Mochi, but the buds are almost all green rather than purple. The scent and flavor are also much more funky and savory than the tart sweet we’re used to, which is a nice change of pace. Overall, we recommend this for anyone looking for a high-quality, energizing strain that aids focus and creativity. $85/eighth

Best Indica

Gary Payton from Lit City Smoke Shop

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HIGHlights:

Couch-Lock

Gassy Flavor

Effect Duration

We’ve only gotten to cover Gary Payton once on this buying guide before, and only a sample that was a cross of it, but it’s a great cross that we wish we could evaluate more often. When Lit City dropped this sample off, we knew it would be a hit. After examination, its freshness, flavor, and effect confirms our initial impression. Gary Payton is a pretty similar strain to a lot of other Cookie and OG crosses from Powerzzzup, and has become one of Cookies’ hallmark strains because it’s just a serious slam dunk all across the board.

Gary Payton is a cross between (Snowman x Y Life) #20 pheno and is an inbred Cookie and OG strain. The cross is also shared with Cereal Milk and Snow Montana, but the astringent burnt rubber scent and soapy flavor set the #20 pheno apart from the others. This particular batch from Lit City had an exceptionally long effect duration and smoked quite smoothly. Overall, if you’re looking for baller potency or something effective for evenings and nights, this strain is for you. $60/eighth